Brilliant Design for a Travel Hanger

Whenever I need to travel with a clothes hanger, I use this awful plastic thing:

Beyond the fact that it’s flat and that the hook folds down, there really isn’t much design effort making this a travel-friendly item. With its broad outline it’s awkward to pack, and I’m always worried the thing is going to snap if weight is placed across it.

I don’t need a travel hanger often enough to seek out a good one, but I just came across this clever design, the Y002 by Japanese design brand Y:

Just a piece of leather and two pieces of wood. Thin enough to slip into a bag while hardly taking up any space. An almost-perfect choice of materials. I say “almost” because the designers do acknowledge one flaw, translated from Japanese here: “Since we are using real leather, if you use wet or humid clothing, or when used in a humid place, leather dyes may be transferred to clothing.”

The katakana in that last photo indicates the two wood options: Mahogany up top, and the lower one is made from Ramin, a tropical hardwood found in Southeast Asia.

A Variation on Illumination

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With just one easy gesture, the Lyrea lamp makes it possible to get exactly the type of glow you need! Its simplistic yet innovative construction makes it possible to change from soft, indirect light to direct light with a simple gesture. Inside the partially frosted blown glass, a copper leaf turns around a LED light bulb hidden in the aluminium body. By sliding the handle around, you can adjust the quantity of direct light or have it spread out.

Designers: Amélie Claudin & Julien Vignal of JUAM Studio

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ListenUp: Little Dragon: High

Little Dragon: High


Along with a video for their glistening new track “High,” Swedish band Little Dragon has announced a North American tour that will begin in April. The first release from the four-piece since 2014’s Nabuma Rubberband, the song is sexy, hazy and spacey……

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Sumptuous Landscape After a Volcanic Eruption

Le photographe belge Yuri Andries s’est rendu à Lanzarote, aux Îles Canaries pour sa série In Memory of A Monolithe. Cette mystérieuse série raconte la survie de l’humanité dans un chaos crée par une éruption volcanique. Cela n’est pas sans rappeler les événements du 18 ème siècle, et l’éruption du volcan entre 1730 et 1736.









Breathtaking Winter Aerial Pictures

Au cœur de l’hiver, les paysages révèlent de nouveaux reliefs, mais aussi, de toutes autres couleurs. Immaculée, la nature se mue en un décor onirique. Et quoi de plus impressionnant que de découvrir les paysages hivernaux depuis des points de vue inaccessibles, en particulier aériens.

Voici une sélection d’images à couper le souffle, prises depuis le ciel. Une façon de découvrir la saison la plus froide de l’année comme vous ne pouvez que rarement l’apercevoir. Et pour cause, cette perspective spectaculaire est désormais accessible grâce aux nouvelles technologies telles que les drones, qui permettent aujourd’hui de capturer des image depuis des hauteurs impressionnantes, et ce, sans avoir besoin de monter à bord d’un hélicoptère.

Découvrez ci-dessous une sélection de photos issues de la collection Premium proposée par Adobe Stock, la banque d’images intégrée au Creative Cloud. Une invitation à l’évasion à travers des perspectives aériennes étonnantes. Ne reste plus qu’à vous laisser guider…

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Incredible Wood Sculpture

Matt Johnson expose actuellement Wood sculpture à la 303 gallery, New York. L’exposition, comme son nom l’indique, est une sélection de pièces reflétant l’abandon en bois sculpté, plié et peint. L’artiste sculpte des pièces destinées aux ordures, tout en préservant leurs fragilité.






Timelapse movie by Alejandro Villanueva shows Amanda Levete's sinuous MAAT museum

This movie by videographer Alejandro Villanueva captures the wave-like form of Lisbon‘s MAAT contemporary art museum, designed by Amanda Levete’s firm AL_A, as light shifts from day to night.

Villaneueva‘s movie captures the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) during its opening in October 2016.

It is the latest in a series of videos by Villaneueva, who has also captured Snøhetta’s Reindeer Observation Pavilion and Reiulf Ramstad’s Trollstigen Visitor Centre.

The MAAT opening coincided with the beginning of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2016. During which time, the museum experienced huge footfall – as shown in the video – with crowds of 15,000 forcing the closure of a footbridge used to access the site over fears it would collapse.

The AL_A-designed museum is covered in thousands of glimmering white tiles that reflect the changing light over the course of the day.

A rooftop observation point on the crest of the undulating form gives visitors views out onto the Tagus River and the waterside promenade below. The roof slopes down to the ground at either side, allowing the building to act as a continuation of the promenade.

The museum’s galleries are sunken below ground to keep the profile of the building low, in keeping with its historic neighbours.

The recently renovated Central Tejo power station next door hosts further galleries. The red brick building – shown at the opening of the movie – is a former thermoelectric plant that closed in 1975 but has now been converted into gallery space.

The courtyard between the old and new parts of the MAAT was used as one of the main exhibition sites for the Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2016.

Pavilions made from white plasterboard and steel framework were set up in the space.

A second stage of construction work is now underway on the museum, with a new pedestrian bridge linking the roof with the street behind expected to complete later this year. A park by Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture will also open.

Video is by Alejandro Villanueva.

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McGregor Coxall proposes wetland "bird airport" for northern China

Landscape architects McGregor Coxall has won a competition to design a wetland sanctuary in Tianjin, offering migrating birds a stopover to fatten up and breed.

The Lingang Eco Park contest called for a landfill site in the city’s Lingang area to be transformed to create pockets of wetland, parkland and an urban forest along the East Asian–Australasian Flyway (EAAF).

This route sees 50 million birds make the return journey from the Arctic Circle, through East and South-east Asia, to Australia and New Zealand.

Spanning 60 hectares, McGregor Coxall Bird Airport scheme is designed to support the needs of more than 50 species of birds in three different water habitats, including an island lake with shallow rapids, a reed zone and mudflats.

A high-tech education and research centre called the Water Pavilion will cater to the 500,000 people expected to visit the site each year. Topped with a green roof, inside the centre visitors will be able to monitor the animals through cameras inside 14 bird hides.

A walkway will lead to a trio of raised observation pods where visitors can watch birds flying past.

“The proposed Bird Airport will be a globally significant sanctuary for endangered migratory bird species, while providing new green lungs for the city of Tianjin,” said the studio.

Organised by the Asian Development Bank and the Port of Tianjin, the Lingang Eco Park responds to the loss of bird foraging habitat on the shores of China’s Yellow Sea caused by coastal urbanisation. The result has seen rapid decline in the population of waterbirds, like the the Black-tailed Godwit.

“Along the flyway intertidal habitat for stopovers for migratory birds is disappearing at an alarming rate,” McGregor told Dezeen. “Over the last ten years, newly constructed sea walls enclosed one and a half million hectares of intertidal habitat.”

“Today about 70 per cent of China’s coast is now walled,” he continued. “Today there are not many places for migratory birds left to land, and to find enough food to fatten up for onward migration.”

The landscape architects also worked closely with ornithologist Avifauna Research to develop the scheme, which integrates site soils, feed sources, wetland vegetation and water management into the overall design.

Renewable energy will be used to move recycled waste water and harvested rain water through the wetlands.

“The Bird Airport will utilise next generation water design helping to shape a progressive environmental vision for future projects in the greater Beijing region,” said the Shanghai studio leader Jack Qian.

A 20-hectare fringing forest will surround the wetlands to protect the birds from intrusion from nearby urban development. There will also be open water for waterbirds and perching posts, and a perimeter edge wetland for wetland species.

Other public facilities included in the design are wetland trails, a lake loop walk, and a cycle circuit and forest walk, making up a 7 kilometres of paths.

Construction of the Lingang Eco Park is expected to begin in 2017 and complete by 2018.

The project will function as a pilot project in the national Sponge City – a programme to use permeable materials and green spaces to prevent flooding in the country. It is one of many flood-prevention schemes being embarked on around the world.

McGregor Coxall was founded by Adrian McGregor in 1998, who was later joined by Philip Coxall in 2000. The pair studied landscape architecture together at the University of Canberra in the mid 1980s.

The firm now has offices in Australia, China and the UK and has worked on a number of projects in collaboration with Sydney studio CHROFI. Examples include a proposal for a cemetery with GPS-tracked graves and a conservatory at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra.

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Resource: How to Tie Ropes and Cords for Function or Decoration

By learning some simple techniques to work rope or cord, you can use the stuff for everything from wrapping knife handles to dressing up exposed pipework to creating your own zipper pulls and tabs for softgoods. And survivalists have long known that it’s handy to have a length of paracord always on hand, bundled up into a space-saving package.

So where do you learn this stuff? Artist J.D. Lenzen has written over a half-dozen books on knot-tying techniques for those who’d like a permanent reference source; for those of you on a budget, he also founded a YouTube channel, TyingItAllTogether, where he’s got literally hundreds of videos showing you particular techniques for free.

Here’s an example of one of his videos, which are typically prefaced with a helpful explanation of what function that specific technique was developed for.

And finally, here’s a complete list of his videos.

Supercut of Every Oscar Winner for 'Best Animated Feature' (2001-2016)

The Academy Award for Best Animated Feature was first handed out in 2001. Here is a look back at all the winners so far, and this year’s nominees…(Read…)